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Working together could simplify divorce for some in Nevada

Just as no two weddings are exactly alike, each and every divorce will follow its own unique path. Not every divorce is plagued with fighting and bitterness. There are many Nevada couples who are able to work through the details of their split with minimal discord. These spouses are often able to see that they share the goal of ending the marriage with as little stress and expense as possible, and work together to make that goal a reality.

This approach is known as collaborative divorce, and is growing in popularity across the nation. Collaboration begins with an agreement between spouses to work out a divorce settlement on their own, outside of court. Each side still has their own legal counsel, but there is a focus on communication and cooperation, versus the traditional approach of litigating each issue.

Couples save money on legal fees, as collaboration avoids much of the back-and-forth between attorneys that can quickly become expensive. The attorneys guide their clients through the process, and will call attention to any settlement matter that is not in the best interests of the client. In addition, many couples who choose a collaborative approach also enlist the help of financial planners, counselors and other professionals. By implementing the advice received, both parties can emerge from the process better equipped to move toward their own individual goals.

Nevada spouses who are interested in collaborative divorce should research the matter further. While collaboration is not the best choice for every couple, it does offer a wide range of benefits. Many spouses who settle their divorce using collaboration are able to preserve a civil relationship with their former spouse, which is especially important for parents who share children. In the end, the goal of divorce should be to move forward with a new life; collaboration can help ease that process for all involved.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Collaborative divorce avoids going to court to settle differences, Kim Lyons, Oct. 7, 2013

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